Authors on Editing

Interview with an author – RJ Scott

This week I interview USA Today bestselling MM romance author RJ Scott


Who were your go-to authors when you were growing up?

My Aunty Olive gave me a bag of books when I was maybe 12 or so, and there was a whole bunch of Mills & Boon – my actual first author I read in there was Janet Daley, who turned out to be somewhat of a plagiarist, but we didn’t know that for years. My go-to author for romance has to be Nora Roberts – she is the undisputed queen of the kind of romance I like to read!


What was the first story you wrote? And, yes, I want you to go way, way back to the first time you picked up a pen and started scribbling.

It was a story about a princess, trapped in a tower, and it probably sounds familiar (!) but at least my heroine didn’t have long hair – nope my hero had to climb walls to get to her! I was maybe 6 or 7 I guess, and I wrote it while in detention for eating cookie dough… don’t ask…


Describe your usual daily writing routine.

I sit at my desk to write at 9… I aim for 2000-5000 words a day, with an average of around 3000. I also have copious marketing and planning in among all of that!


What do you love about writing?

For me, it’s a natural high. I don’t know how else to explain it. The words just fall out onto the paper and it’s the most amazing feeling.


What do you hate about writing?

Nothing really. Honestly, nothing.


What do you look for in an editor?

The most important thing, after being a bloody good one, is that I need communication. I need to know how long things take, when I can expect first edits etc. I always turn edits around within a day (unless I’m ill or on vacation!), and i want my editor to tell me if I’ve fucked up in any way. Honesty and communication I guess are the most important things


What would you be doing for a living if you weren’t a writer?

I’d probably still be a web designer I guess. I was one of those for around ten years, and it was creative and I was my own boss. I am lucky enough to be a full time writer, and I couldn’t imagine not being able to write for a living.


Favourite writing snacks.

I am on a healthy eating kick so I don’t eat snacks. (Who am I kidding, cookies and chocolate FTW)


How do you unwind at the end of a long day in front of the computer?

Watch the TV mostly, with hubby. We watch films, and series on Netflix and Prime, but by 9pm I am going to bed, then I have an hour to read. By ten I am dead to the world. LOL


Which book that you’ve written is your pride and joy?

This is a hard one. Oracle was my first novel, and I still love it, but I guess The Christmas Throwaway has to be up there as well. From a personal point of view, tackling autism in Texas Family, and Boy Banned, were highlights. 🙂


RJ xxx

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